For the PvP talent, see [Cold Blood].
Cold Blood
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  • Cold Blood
  • Assassination, Tier 3
  • When activated, generates 25 Energy and increases the critical strike chance of your next non-periodic offensive ability by 100%.
Class Rogue
Tree Assassination
Points required 10
Affects N/A
Related buff
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  • Cold Blood
  • Critical strike chance of your next non-periodic offensive ability increased by 100%.

Cold Blood is a rogue talent ability found on Tier 3 of the Assassination tree. When used, it generates 25 energy and increases the critical strike chance of the next offensive ability by 100%.


  • It is still possible for the Cold Blood-modified attack to be dodged, parried, blocked, or miss, due to the table-based attack resolution system that WoW uses; in this situation the Cold Blood buff (along with the 100% crit modifier) will not be lost, and will still apply to the next special attack.
  • Like all "on next attack" abilities, Cold Blood does NOT activate the global cooldown, and can thus be bound to a macro with another ability.
  • As should be obvious Cold Blood is best used with a high damage ability, such as a five-Combo point, five- [Deadly Poison] stack [Envenom], a five-Combo point [Eviscerate], or [Ambush].
  • While Cold Blood is active, the Rogue's right hand will have a blue aura emitting snow crystals around it.


Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now also generates 25 Energy.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Fixed an issue where this buff was sometimes getting removed when an attack missed.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This effect will now be consumed by all crits, including those against targets with damage shields.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): The UI now properly shows that Preparation does not clear a Cold Blood setup.

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